A 78-year-old Leeds man, who had been convicted 592 times for drunkenness, hit the headlines again. George Arthur Linstrum was already recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records after reaching his 500th conviction some three years earlier.
He notched up his 592nd conviction in May 1974 after being arrested for drunkenness just 24 hours after he was released from the cells for the same charge.
However, as reported on the front page of the YEP from July 8, 1974, one legal journal, Justice of the Peace, at the time cast doubt on whether he ought to be there. It read: “It is doubtful whether this large number of convictions is the most obtained by one person. We venture the opinion there are many with convictions running to thousands.”
The article went on to suggest that “more than one of the female sex” (by which we understand they meant prostitutes) acquired 200 convictions every year.
A conflicting report, also from 1975, claims he made more than 1,000 court appearances for drunkenness and that he joked to have spent longer in jail that the Great Train Robbers. That report says on August 17, 1974, George made his 1,050th appearance before the magistrates and vowed: ”I will make it the last time.” He was born in Tong Road, Armley.